Sunday, October 23, 2016

Overcoming Spiritual Vertigo by Dwayne E. Mercer - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Sometimes doubt, fear, and disappointment cause us to lose confidence in God. In this book, Dwayne E. Mercer helps readers see past disappointments through God’s eyes and gain courage from biblical examples of faith. He provides tools for us to take faith-risks for God again, stepping out in courageous faith.

My Thoughts:
We are engaged in spiritual warfare, fighting for our faith.  We overcome it be coming to the cross daily in humility, maintaining a close relationship with God, and feeding ourselves on His Word.”   (p. 110)

This straightforward advice sounds simple on the surface.  Sadly, many folks that fill our churches today struggle to understand this basic truth.  They struggle to even attend church thinking that it has nothing relevant to offer in this present day.  Dwayne  Mercer has written this book for millennials and those who want to grasp onto all that God offers through His Son Jesus!  We can all live lives that are filled with the hope and promise of God’s Word in our lives, and we can make an eternal difference in the lives of others day by day!

This book would make a great small group foundation!  The chapters are filled with thought-provoking ideas, and end with questions that could open up transformational discussions.  Folks, we need to be getting closer to Christ by the minute!  We need to be growing spiritually and bringing others to the Savior!   Grab a copy of this book today, get a pen and highlighter and dive into God’s truth!  This is a great book and one I am happy to recommend!

About the Author:
Dr. Dwayne Mercer has been a senior pastor for more than 30 years and is the author of Overcoming Spiritual Vertigo and When God Says Yes. He has contributed to several books including The Pathway to Discipleship, Living the Life, and Walk Through the Word, and has written numerous articles for magazines and periodicals.Dr. Mercer is a native of Georgia. He and his wife, Pam, have three adult children and five adorable grandchildren. They have served at CrossLife Church since 1993, as it has grown in membership from 800 to 5,000 in attendance, with over 4,000 new believers baptized during that time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2016) – In celebration of its 10th anniversary, world-renowned speaker and best-selling author John Bevere, releases an expanded edition of Driven by Eternity today, Oct. 18, 2016. In this updated version, Bevere uses an eye-opening allegory and extensive Scripture to paint a vivid picture of the way our lives on this earth shape our eternal existence, and how life beyond that final breath is much more than just a destination.

“Eternity arrests the attention of all mankind,” says Bevere. “No race, tribe, or gender can resist its draw. We were all created with eternity in our hearts and sense the immanent unknown extension of our existence.”

Featuring a brand new cover and discussion questions for group study, “Driven by Eternity” provides a unique perspective on eternity while exploring themes such as eternal judgement, foundational truths, heaven, hell, forgiveness, as well as identifying what motivates our lives on earth. Drawing on the principles in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11,  Bevere unpacks truths about whether the eternal or temporal is driving and motivating our lives, and guides readers to understand the importance of making  “eternal decisions.” 

“Your choices today will impact your forever,” says Bevere. “Don’t wait until it’s too late. Discover now how you can make your life count both today and forever.”

“Driven by Eternity” has garnered endorsements from a number of high-profile influencers and leaders over the last 10 years, including Craig Groeschel (pastor of Life.Church and author of “#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World”), Steve Furtick (pastor of Elevation Church and New York Times best-selling author), Chris Hodges (senior pastor of Church of the Highlands and author of “Fresh Air” and “Four Cups”), Mark Batterson (New York Times best-selling author of “The Circle Maker” and lead pastor of National Community Church), Jentezen Franklin (senior pastor of Free Chapel, Gainesville, GA, and New York Times best-selling author), Stephen Arterburn (radio host and best-selling author of “The Everyman” series), Bill McCartney (Promise Keepers), and Bishop T.D. Jakes (New York Times best-selling author & CEO of TDJ Enterprises), among others.

With more than 20 titles translated in over 90 languages, Bevere is known around the world for his boldness, passion, and the uncompromising truth in his award-winning studies and best-selling books. Bevere’s previous title, “Good or God?” has sold over 160,000 copies since its August 2015 release and received multiple #1 chart rankings. Widely respected as an author and expert, Bevere has been featured by top media across the globe including 700 Club, Ministry Today Magazine, Charisma, TBN, SIRIUS/XM Radio, and VITAL Magazine. He is also a regular op-ed contributor for outlets such as

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wonder by Jean Watson - REVIEWED

Internationally acclaimed recording artist Jean Watson is thrilled to announce the release date of her highly anticipated new CD, WONDER. The project is slated to impact retail on Friday, October 14, 2016 from Suite 28 Records/Shadowlands Music through Naxos of America, Inc., the nation's leading independent classical music distributor.

"The music on WONDER is the most authentically 'me' music I have ever recorded," Watson says. "I believe the music is quite accessible to both the faith-based and general markets, and the opportunity to partner with Naxos to get the music into the hands of music lovers is huge."

"Naxos has great reach into the world music marketplace, so for the first time, my music has the possibility to be offered to audiences beyond the Christian market," she continues. "How amazing to think that people may listen to this music because they love the sound and be drawn closer to God in the process!"  

WONDER represents something of a defining moment for the classically-trained singer/songwriter and instrumentalist, who is a fan favorite in the UK. She is especially popular in Ireland, where she has long hosted a daily inspirational radio show which can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland. So, her affinity for Celtic sound comes as no surprise.

Producer Billy Smiley, who has worked with Watson on her last two projects, suggested highlighting her Celtic-flavored songs and ethereal violin performances on the new CD and moving toward a more world music sound. In doing so, Watson discovered a glorious opportunity to simply be herself, both artistically and spiritually.

Sporting a world music sound that falls lithely between the ethereal, yearning Celtic sound of Maire Brennan and the graceful, poetic lyricism of Enya, Watson deftly tightwalks a line that stretches between ancient themes of grace and mercy, and is anchored by contemporary declarations of worship and adoration. There are exuberant expressions of praise ("Blessed Be Your Name"), hymns of hope ("I Can Hear Your Voice"), psalms of yearning ("Restless"), songs of surrender to the perfect will of the Father ("It Is Well"), and testimonies to the mercy and grace of God ("Everything Can Change," "Amazing Grace").

Whether invested in ardent celebration or lost in pensive worship, there is a humble honesty that runs through each song, that binds them together and points both listener and singer toward the throne of God. WONDER has an otherworldly, ethereal, moving quality which penetrates the heart and transports the listener into an attitude of worship.

In keeping with the world music direction of WONDER, Watson has enlisted the services of a number of musicians from around the globe, including South African John Ellis of Tree63 and former Newsboys drummer Peter Furler from Australia. Steve Hindalong from The Choir provides percussion, and as a special treat, Christian music legend Michael W. Smith appears as a guest accompanist as Watson performs Smith's hit, "I Can Hear Your Voice."

"I am so grateful for this opportunity for my music to reach a wider audience," says Watson. "I can't wait to see what God will do with WONDER!"

For more information on Watson and WONDER, visit

My Thoughts:
This has to be the most beautiful CD I have encountered in a very long time!  The songs lead you into worship very naturally and authentically.  There is a wide variety of songs - some familiar - others unique creations of the artist.  There are a couple of couple of instrumentals that really appealed to me and make a nice "Selah" moment in the worship experience.  This CD is a treasure of beauty and inspiration and I am EXCITED to encourage EVERYONE to listen and enjoy!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Experiencing God Thorough His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht - REVIEWED

About the book:

Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision Books, June 2016)

What's in a name?

Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person's character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. God's attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we comprehend the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately. In Experiencing God Through His Names, Sheryl Giesbrecht walks with you on an exciting journey to discover and absorb the truth about God's character. In the next 31 days, God wants you to get to know Him. Are you ready?

Purchase your copy HERE.

My Thoughts:
Though small in size, the truth packed in this book is powerful and transformational!  Please take each name of God - one each day - and ponder it in your heart.  Embrace the power found in each name!  Truly, God's names are tenderly intentional! He didn't miss a single opportunity for His name to speak to EVERY SINGLE need and situation in our life!!  What love is this?!

Every day I came to this book, it seemed as though God was speaking to a specific need or situation found within the course of that day!! It has truly been a blessing I looked forward to receiving each day!  There is a practical application - usually something from the author's own experience - scriptural foundation and a thought provoking way to examine your own life and allow God's Name to speak to your heart.  Each name is contained in a brief chapter and ends with a prayer you can take with you in your heart throughout the day!

I loved this book and am happy to recommend it to everyone!!

About the Author:

Sheryl Giesbrecht has written three books, hundreds of articles, blogs, and columns. A nationally syndicated radio host, Sheryl is a sought after inspirational speaker who facilitates leadership training for thousands internationally.

Sheryl is giving away TEN COPIES of this book!!! Go HERE to enter and win a copy!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Suzanne Woods Fisher is giving away an iPad Mini

About the Book:
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She's done all she can to prepare to go-passed the GED, saved her money-but she can't quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back---anything---and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Raven by Mike Nappa - REVIEWED

About the Book:
As part of his street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the wallet of a prominent politician, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues to rescue The Raven from a wild card bent on revenge.

My Thoughts:
This is going to get really messy really soon.”  (p.14)

One of the characters in Mike Nappa’s book, The Raven, is a street magician/petty thug that calls himself by the same moniker.  He is one of three or four characters whose point of view is expressed in alternating chapters.  Nappa alternates point of view and time line throughout the book, but once you get in the rhythm, serves the story well and acts effectively to push the plot along at an ever increasing pace.

I must say this at the outset…don’t ever have anything to do with the Ukranian mob!  They are bad business!  Mobs, gangs, CIA, PI’s….this book has it all.  I was intrigued by the intricacy of how everyone worked together – sometimes knowingly  - sometimes covertly – to achieve a certain end.  I was under a wrong assumption at first – who was on which side of the law – and as the story progressed I still followed a red herring now and again. To me, that is the true litmus test of a mystery series….Nappa is GREAT at misleading the reader only to execute a switchback and take the reader in an entirely new direction!

Trudi and Samuel make the perfect dysfunctional detective duo, and their relationship is both complex and very realistic!  The Raven’s character is sort of compelling, but kind of get-on-your-nerves indecisive and juvenile while also being a sort of street-wise thug.  I also felt a bit sorry that he crossed hairs with some pretty wicked folks, and found myself rooting for his survival toward the end!  There in another key character that I will mention only in passing who keeps this VERY interesting!  Her character switches direction on a dime!!  Follow her carefully!

This was a GREAT read!  I was fully engaged throughout the story, and the characters are very believable and intriguing!  There are lots of things to recommend this book to a very wide audience!! I’m a FAN!

About the Author:

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Esther Larsen, a top risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to make the 2008 market crash look minor by comparison. And as her own employer pursues "investment" strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. But Esther is only one person; can she stand up to an international conspiracy of greed? And if she does, will anyone take her seriously?

Every moment of indecision edges the markets closer to a tipping point--the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther finds her voice, those she seeks to expose will not sit idly by. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race against the clock to avert a financial tsunami that threatens worldwide devastation.

My Thoughts:
I’m doing this because I care for people I’ll never meets.  I want to help them.  I want to keep them safe.”  (p. 234)

Esther Larson’s job as a risk analyst at one of the largest banks in America is anything but safe! One of the most satisfying aspects of Bunn’s latest novel, The Domino Effect is watching the transformation taking place in Esther’s life!  But I’m getting ahead of myself….

This novel is based on scary facts about the way our world finance system balances precariously on the whims of bankers turned gamblers.  Stocks trade hands at the speed of thought, and once a good dose of human depravity is injected in the mix the world economy becomes a game of Russian roulette!  Esther is a brilliant lady who has analyzed the markets for years, and when she realizes the danger represented by those who care only about satisfying their own greed, she decides (much like her Biblical namesake) to take action – action that very well may cost her life.

Once Esther makes the decision to care for others and make choices that effectively make a difference in the world she becomes a different character entirely!  The transformation is real, believable, and remarkable.  Bunn has created a host of very believable, full-blooded characters that will keep you captivated from the first page to the last!  This novel is scary emotionally, financially, and relationally.  If you look beyond the amazing plot line, you, the reader, will discover life transforming truth.

Pick up your copy today!! This is a GREAT read!!

About the Author:
Davis Bunn is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers with sales totaling more than seven million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis also writes fantasy under the pseudonym Thomas Locke ( He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between England and Florida. Learn more at